Blow me down

Gale blows through town leaving many in the dark

Monday’s powerful storm knocked out power to much of south Abington for about 12 hours. Here is a terrible photo of a 4-way stop sign deployed by the Abington DPW at the intersection of Washington and Center with traffic lights out.

A powerful storm blew through Abington Monday knocking down several trees across town and leaving more than 3,500 homes and businesses without power into the night. 

The storm, which left a trail of damage from the southeastern part of the country and up through the mid-Atlantic, brought with it gusts of wind that reached 60 miles per hour and dumped more than an inch of rain on the town. 

Abington Department of Public Works Superintendent John Stone said his crews responded to downed trees on Niles Street, Russell Lane, Park Avenue, and Washington Street, among others.  

“Our entire field staff has been working hard since 7 a.m. and we are hopeful to wrap things up soon as the storm pulls away,” Stone said in an email.  

A combination of the power outages and heavy rains caused some issues at the pump stations on Old Country Lane, Summer Street and Wyman Road.

Power had been restored to all but about 100 homes by 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.  

This article will be updated throughout the day.

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